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[photo: Darren Tunnicliff]

Plenty of us say we’re working on a [screenplay, novel, song, portfolio, website, acting career] while we we’re only [waiting tables, editing copy, being an assistant] to pay the bills. But the truth of the matter is, if we spend 40 hours a week doing [the latter] and we only find a few hours to do [the former], which of these tasks is more important to us?

The truest indicator of what’s important to us is the amount of time we devote to something. Not what we spend money on. No what we say we care about. So for the last 16 months, I’ve tracked my time religiously. What have I found? Hours don’t lie. Once you know where your hours are going, you can start changing your behavior in order to achieve your goals. More »

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The 4-Hour Workweek is a bestselling productivity/lifehacking book by author Tim Ferris. What does it have to do with filmmaking? On the surface, not a whole hell of a lot. But in an era where the independent film industry isn’t paying the bills for too many folks, finding alternative revenue streams — without those revenue streams becoming a full-time job — is more important than ever. When it comes down to it, “The 4-Hour Workweek” is a bit of a misnomer; Ferris isn’t implying that everyone should only work four hours a week. A better title would in fact be “The 4-Hour Bullshit Week,” meaning the main goal of the book is to increase efficiency by eliminating unnecessary or unproductive work (if you’re only dealing with four hours of B.S. a week, imagine what you could accomplish in life!). This is something that can help all of us — and for the next few days, you can download the full book for free. More »

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You probably use a computer to write instead of freehanding or typewriting, because computers have all sorts of tools for saving, formatting, spell-checking, and copying and pasting. But when you think about it, the default copy-and-paste functionality of a computer is extremely basic. Out of the box, Macs and PCs only remember the very last thing you copied. The thing you copied before that? Gone. This makes no sense, since computers have enough memory for billions of lines of text. Thankfully there are a number of free applications out there to “buffer” your clipboard, placing everything you’ve copied — as well as commonly-used snippets of text — at your fingertips. Once I started using such an application, I forgot how I wrote without it. More »

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Scott Belsky is the author of Making Ideas Happen, a productivity book I haven’t yet read. However, his post at lifehacker caught my eye because of its suggestion to create a Responsibility Grid — something I think a lot of DIY projects could use. More »

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Your Mac may make you look more like a designer or filmmaker, but beyond the basic functions of iLife, how do you write screenplays, record audio, develop websites, convert video and all the other productive stuff you bought a Mac for? What if you spent all your money on the hardware and don’t have any cash left for software? Luckily, there are plenty of creative applications available for the Mac for the price of free-99. Here are twelve apps worth a lot more than their price tag suggests. More »

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I affixed a quote from a GQ interview with Philip Roth into my writing notebook before leaving for Costa Rica; it seems especially relevant now that I’m trying to shut out New York City for considerable chunks of every day. More »